Chocolates might qualify as one of the most popular food items across the world. We eat all kinds of chocolates from different brands but if you are like me then Dark Chocolates might be your favorites. Dark Chocolates, though, are no ordinary chocolates and qualify as ‘Superfood’ due to a number of health benefits –
1. It is a powerful source of Antioxidants
Oxygen is necessary for our body as it helps us create energy for our body. However, it has a strong side effect of creating free-radicals in our cells. These Free Radicals create nuisance inside our body and aides aeging. Dark Chocolate contains certain anti-oxidants which help us reverse these effects.
2. Dark Chocolate is very Nutritious
This is one of the biggest direct benefits of Dark Chocolates. It contains some of the most important minerals such as Magnesium, Manganese, Copper, Potassium, Zin and Selenium in addition to good amounts of Fiber.
3. It lowers the Blood Pressure
A lot of research has proven that dark chocolate helps in improving the blood flow and lowering the blood pressure. It contains Flavanols which can stimulate the lining of Arteries to produce a gas which signals the arteries to relax and making blood flow easier.
4. It lowers the risk of Cardiovascular diseases
Another one from the long list of benefits of Dark Chocolate – It lowers the risk of cardio-vascular diseases. It is highly protective against the oxidation of LDL type of cholestrol.
5. It improves Brain Functioning
This is one of the major benefits of Dark Chocolates; it can potentially improve your brain functioning. A study showed that eating dark chocolate just for five days led to sharp rise in blood flow levels to the brain. It also contains brain stimulants such as Caffeine and Theobromine which are really useful.
6. Dark Chocolate protects your skin against the Sun
The chemicals in Dark chocolate can help protect our skin against the Sun. The Flavanols which are one of the main ingredients help increase skin density and hydration.
7. It is good for overall Cholestrol Profile
The cocoa butter found in dark chocolates contain oleic acid, atearic acid and palmitic acid. Stearic acid has a neutral effect on cholestrol while polyphenols help in controlling the cholestrol levels.
Now Go Binge on a Dark Chocolate without feeling those pangs of GUILT! Will Ya?
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